Panel Discussion Celebrates Women in Medicine

In 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in the U.S. to receive her MD. Today, about half of medical students, and 36% of all physicians, are women.

While acknowledging those advances, particularly over the last half-century, participants in a panel discussion at Cedars-Sinai's "Celebrating Women in Medicine" program on Oct. 2 offered mixed assessments of the current status of female physicians.

Virginia Apgar, MD, Women in Medicine, Cedars-Sinai

Virginia Apgar, MD, introduced the first standardized method for evaluating a newborn's transition to life outside the womb.

Reproduced with permission of Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections.